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    I agree with Barry.

    It's gotten so bad, I've bookmarked posts so I can copy/paste replies.
    I'm a compulsive post editor, you might wanna wait until my post has been online for 5-10 mins before quoting it as it will likely change.

    I know I seem harsh in some of my replies. SORRY! But if you're doing something illegal or posting something that seems to be obvious BS I'm going to call you on it.

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    *sighs*

    *shakes head*
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    Quote Originally Posted by cybrsnpr View Post
    Barry; I agree with what you are saying. But, since the search capability on the site is a bit lacking
    Maybe the BackTrack Support Engine should be added to the bookmarks toolbar for BT4? Part of the problem is there are so many stickies in the newbie area noone is going to read them all. Then there is no reference to the BTSE so a newbie won't know about.

    My suggestion is to remove the sticky from the BT4 artwork contest.
    Combine the Basic newbie stuff here please!....,Forum Rules - Read Before Posting!, If you're a Linux noob, read this thread, and the New forum registration procedures topics into one sticky at the top. I can put together a draft if requested to do so.

    vBulletin 4 looks like it might help. From their website:
    Key features and improvements that will be included in the first vBulletin 4 release are:

    * Cross-content search system providing a single interface to search across forum posts, blog entries and comments and other supported products
    * Improved search performance
    * A fresh design and layout making use of semantic markup and CSS styling
    * An enhanced style and template system to enhance your ability to change the layout
    * Controls to assist with the placement of advertising elements
    * SEO features, including friendly URLs
    * A centralized attachment system, allowing the sharing of attachments across products
    I like the bleeding edge, but I don't like blood loss

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    I did it anyway:

    Thank you for joining the BackTrack forums. We want everyone to enjoy using & contributing to our projects, so please follow our very minimal and common sense rules:

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    That is a lovely newb start page. However, I don't see any of them using it.

    I think the problem comes from two main causes. Initially, the more exposure the distribution gets, the more tards you will get attempting to use it. However, the bigger issue is moving to Ubuntu. The Ubuntu community has a special type of tard associated with it. It may be due to their reliance on catchy phrases in their posts, such as : "OMG, What did I do?" or "HELP, its not working". I'm not sure why we read these posts, but I know most of us do. I'm not proud of it, I know it just encourages them. (sigh) Anyway, they pick up Backtrack thinking there will be no learning curve. I had the misfortune of attempting to help one of these freaks of nature. I made the mistake of adding him to my messenger and got bombarded with some of the most pitiful and thoughtless questions I've ever heard. I should have known that a request of "Teach me to hack" would lead to trouble.

    I think what we need is a tard-o-rometer. If a user gets a high enough score, his username and IP are banned. That should keep him away for a few weeks, until comtastic assigns him a new IP.

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    Good idea about the tard-o-meter.

    Well also read this one. Either it is a really bad joke or a new all time low i've seen around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamc View Post
    I should have known that a request of "Teach me to hack" would lead to trouble.
    There's a reason that any "Teach me to hack" post is an automatic ban on the DefCon Forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by KMDave View Post
    Good idea about the tard-o-meter.

    Well also read this one. Either it is a really bad joke or a new all time low i've seen around here.
    B) "All time low."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorn View Post
    There's a reason that any "Teach me to hack" post is an automatic ban on the DefCon Forums.



    B) "All time low."
    Wow, I missed that one.
    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamc View Post
    That is a lovely newb start page. However, I don't see any of them using it.

    I think the problem comes from two main causes. Initially, the more exposure the distribution gets, the more tards you will get attempting to use it. However, the bigger issue is moving to Ubuntu. The Ubuntu community has a special type of tard associated with it. It may be due to their reliance on catchy phrases in their posts, such as : "OMG, What did I do?" or "HELP, its not working". I'm not sure why we read these posts, but I know most of us do. I'm not proud of it, I know it just encourages them. (sigh) Anyway, they pick up Backtrack thinking there will be no learning curve. I had the misfortune of attempting to help one of these freaks of nature. I made the mistake of adding him to my messenger and got bombarded with some of the most pitiful and thoughtless questions I've ever heard. I should have known that a request of "Teach me to hack" would lead to trouble.

    I think what we need is a tard-o-rometer. If a user gets a high enough score, his username and IP are banned. That should keep him away for a few weeks, until comtastic assigns him a new IP.

    William
    Thank you.

    I think you are right that noone would read it. Maybe if during the registration process the rules could be shown on the screen with a clock counting down from say 5 minutes until the field where the user must type in "I have read the above" before they could post...

    Also I think the tutorials section needs an overhaul. It is too difficult to find what you are looking for.
    I like the bleeding edge, but I don't like blood loss

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    <completely stolen, unoriginal, old - and funny>

    There are no stupid questions, just lots of inquisitive idiots.

    Sin-cerely,
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